Landscape My Yard!
This site is such a great resource! I thought I'd ask for your help in landscaping a 3-3.5' wide bed along the front of my house that is essentially a blank slate (see second pic below, specifically). I am in Zone 5b and the bed faces north east - it gets very little direct sunlight (maybe 2-3 hours of partial sun as it moves south during the day) due to a large 100+ year old maple in front of my house.
I would like to keep the existing boxwood shrub and clematis, and am open to a mix of both perennials and evergreens. I prefer classic/simple design so tend to lean towards gardens with various shades of green/white. Not opposed to some color, but prefer muted shades and cooler tones (purples/blues).
I really like the look of a layered landscape, and that would be my goal as I'm not "in love" with the bed along the other side of the house (see third pic - if you have any suggestions for that side as well...please let me know...it gets more direct sun as it faces south east).
I was considering a weeping japanese maple (deep red coloring) to the right of the stairs, under-planted with a mix of small variety hosta. On the other side of the clematis I was considering a shade-hardy viburnum that I would carry-over to the side of the house - it would create a privacy screen for the sideyard as it feels in. The fern is just a hanging pot on a shepherds hook. I would also keep the existing hosta in that area as they are part of a larger hosta garden along the property line that isn't shown in the picture.
I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts/suggestions. Thank you in advance and let me know if you have questions!